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Flyers get victory, spoil LaFontaine feat

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What could have been a great night for Pat LaFontaine turned into a better one for the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers spoiled LaFontaine's achievement of reaching the NHL's 1,000-point club when they beat the New York Rangers 4-3 Thursday night and tied the New Jersey Devils for first overall in the Eastern Conference.John LeClair had a goal and an assist as the Flyers overshadowed LaFontaine, who also had a goal and an assist to become only the 50th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points.

PENGUINS 3, DEVILS 2: Jaromir Jagr scored a goal and set up another in leading visiting Pittsburgh over New Jersey.

Defenseman Kevin Hatcher scored a shorthanded goal and Stu Barnes was the beneficiary of Jagr's great assist as the Penguins won the battle of the neutral zone traps.

HURRICANES 4, SENATORS 2: Jeff O'Neill scored shorthanded and power-play goals to lead visiting Carolina past Ottawa.

O'Neill's power-play goal at 2:26 of the second period - a hard, low shot off the post to the left of goaltender Damian Rhodes - turned out to be the winner.

MAPLE LEAFS 3, BLACKHAWKS 0: In Chicago, Felix Potvin stopped 23 shots for his second shutout in as many nights as the Maple Leafs beat the Blackhawks.

The Maple Leafs got goals from Mats Sundin, Mathieu Schneider and rookie Yannick Tremblay, who recorded his first NHL goal.

BLUES 3, ISLANDERS 3: Zigmund Palffy scored his 23rd goal off a steal with 1:51 left in regulation as the visiting Islanders tied the Blues.

Geoff Courtnall scored twice in a 32-second span early in the third period to give the Blues, who are in an 0-3-1 slump, the lead. But Palffy took the puck away from St. Louis defenseman Rudy Poeschek in the neutral zone and streaked in alone before beating Grant Fuhr with a slap shot.

MIGHTY DUCKS 4, AVALANCHE 3: In Denver, Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya combined for a goal and five assists as Anaheim broke a seven-game winless streak against Colorado.

KINGS 3, PANTHERS 1: Yanic Perreault and Glen Murray scored less than three minutes apart in the first period and Jamie Storr made 28 saves as Los Angeles beat visiting Florida.